The University of Alabama’s Executive MBA (EMBA) program requires a minimum of five years of professional work experience, active support by your current employer, an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a solid grade point average (prefer 3.0 GPA or better) and letters of recommendation from your employer and/or clients. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered for acceptance by submitting a GMAT (500) or GRE (300) score. Click here to request information now!


Prospective students for UA EMBA must complete the following six application steps.

1. Complete the Graduate School application
To apply for UA EMBA, prospective students must use The University of Alabama’s Graduate School application which included a non-refundable $65 application fee for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and a non-refundable $80 application fee for international students.  The application fee is waived for US Military Veterans, contact the UA Graduate School using this link – Veteran Application Fee Waiver. If you are an international student applying for the graduate school, please use the International Application.  Be sure to select Executive Business Administration, MBA as your proposed major.
For Tuscaloosa program applicants, select Main Campus as the place of initial enrollment. Select Spring 2020 as the Proposed Entrance Term. Application deadline is October 21, 2019.
For Huntsville program applicants, select Huntsville EMBA as the place of initial enrollment. Select Fall 2020 as the Proposed Entrance Term. Application deadline is July 6, 2020.
The University of Alabama’s Graduate School Application

2. GMAT or GRE score
The GMAT or GRE exam is no longer required for EMBA applicants who meet specific criteria established by the Manderson Graduate School of Business. To qualify for this exemption, an applicant must have strong work experience (at least five years) and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better OR have already earned another master’s degree. Please contact the EMBA office for additional information on this policy. For EMBA applicants with a GPA below 3.0, EMBA may require a 500 on the GMAT or 300 on the GRE. Please request that official scores be sent to The University of Alabama. Our GRE institution code is 1830.

3. Complete the Admissions Questions Document
Please respond to the Admissions Questions and upload your responses document into the Supporting Documents section of your online application. This item replaces the Statement of Purpose required by the Graduate School. Contact Cheryl Altemara at 205.348.4501 or for the Admissions Questions.

4. Provide Two Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must request two (2) professional letters of recommendation which can be requested through your online application. One letter must be from your supervisor, the second letter may be from another person within your company or a client. For additional clarification or questions on this step of the application, contact Cheryl Altemara at 205.348.4501 or

5. Request College Transcripts
College transcripts must be requested from all institutions where you attended and earned 15 credit hours or more, and must be sealed with a registrar stamp or be sent electronically from your institution to International transcripts must be written in English or accompanied by an English translation provided by the issuing institution. University of Alabama graduates do NOT need to request their transcript/s from the UA Registrar.

Mailing address for transcripts:
Graduate School Office
The University of Alabama
Box 870118
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Street address:
Graduate School Office
The University of Alabama
Rose Administration Building, Suite 100
801 University Boulevard
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487

Send electronically to:

6. Participate in Personal Interview and Provide Résumé
A personal interview is required for all applicants. Interviews can be scheduled at any point during the application process. To set up an interview, please contact Cheryl Altemara at 205.348.4501 or

Once your file is completed, it goes before the Admissions Committee and is processed immediately.  Applicants will be notified of the decision by both the EMBA Office and the Graduate School Office.

The UA Executive MBA Program current tuition and fees are:

Tuition: $55,973.00
EMBA Trip Fees: $2,380.00 (Meals: $398.00; Lodging: $1,740.00; Airfare: $242.00)
Total Cost: $58,353.00

Tuition includes:

  • Courses, instruction & faculty
  • Some reading materials (e.g. – free library resources available to all UA students)
  • Career counseling and workshops
  • Elements of international study trip in final semester

EMBA Trip Fees for group meals, lodging, and intra-trip airfare:

  • Lodging during international study trip
  • Airfare for international study trip between countries or cities visited (does not include from or to the U.S.)

Huntsville – Begins August 2020 (tuition and fees are subject to change for Fall 2020)
Non-refundable tuition prepayment applied to first term: $1,800 (Students using military education benefits are not required to pay the tuition prepayment in advance)
Five-semester tuition payments of $11,194.60 ($1,800 prepayment reduces this figure for 1st term)
Five-semester EMBA Trip Fees payments of $476.00

Tuscaloosa – Begins November 2019
Non-refundable tuition prepayment applied to the first term: $1,800 (Students using military education benefits are not required to pay the tuition prepayment in advance)
Four-semester tuition payments of $13,993.25 ($1,800 prepayment reduces this figure for 1st term)
Four-semester EMBA Trip Fees payments of $595.00

Students are responsible for securing their own lodging in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa while enrolled in either program cohort.

Financial Aid

The University of Alabama provides financial aid information, scholarships, and GI Bill services for EMBA applicants. For more information, consult

Mitchell Scholarship
The Mitchell Scholarship is awarded to incoming students who present evidence of exceptional academic ability, substantial professional experience, and who can also demonstrate financial need. Evidence of academic ability may be presented by scoring a minimum of 600 on the GMAT or 309 on the GRE. Substantial professional experience is decided on a case by case basis, but in general, is defined by seven or more years of work experience in a leadership or management role. Students demonstrating financial need are those with no, or very little, outside financial support. For example; no employer tuition assistance or military education benefits. UA EMBA may award up to three Mitchell Scholarship Awards annually, valued at $5,000 each.

Military and Women Candidates
VETERANS’ AWARD: EMBA students who have exhausted their GI Bill benefits may receive a program discount of $4,500 if they apply by the early deadline of July 6, 2018, for HEMBA and October 26, 2018, for TEMBA. Those who are eligible for full tuition and fees coverage through GI Bill benefits or are fully sponsored by their company are not eligible for this award.

Important Information for Military Service Personnel and Recent Veterans:
The UA Graduate School application fee (currently $65 for domestic applicants) is waived for all active military and veterans. See this link for instructions prior to submitting your application. If possible, military personnel and veterans should notify Cheryl Altemara with UA EMBA prior to completing The University of Alabama Graduate School online application. Call 205.348.4501 or

Many military personnel and veterans use GI Bill benefits to cover the tuition and fees for our EMBA program. Before your military service benefits can be certified by UA, you must first be accepted to the program and officially admitted by the UA Graduate School. For assistance with military service benefits, contact David Blair, UA Director of Veteran and Military Affairs, or call 205.348.0983. Click on for more information.
NOTE: Students using military education benefits (GI Bill benefits) are not required to pay the $1,800 tuition prepayment upon acceptance. This amount is included in the first term tuition balance.

Top Military Rankings

  • 2018, University of Alabama named one of the best colleges for veterans by U.S. News and World Report
  • The United Services Automobile Association (USAA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes rates Tuscaloosa, Alabama as the top metro area that offers higher education opportunities for veterans.

DIVERSITY AWARD:  UA EMBA may award two Diversity Scholarships of up to $15,000 in value each to candidates representing diverse backgrounds. Diversity can be exhibited through educational and professional experience, unique career goals, ethnicity, and citizenship. Application for this award must be made by the stated deadline for each program. The award recipients are announced prior to orientation for each cohort.

CIVILIAN WOMEN IN DEFENSE AND TECHNOLOGY:  Women UA EMBA students working in defense or technology industries may be eligible for a CWDT scholarship award up to $10,000. The recipient must be a fully accepted student (minimum 3.0 GPA and five years of professional work experience) to the EMBA program and able to demonstrate financial need. UA EMBA may award up to two CWDT scholarships annually.

As a student in the UA EMBA Program, all women are members of the National Association of Women MBAs.
NAWMBA is dedicated to propelling women MBA students and professionals into leadership positions in business. Benefits include: exclusive or discounted admission to NAWMBA local/regional networking and speaker events and live training seminars, career and leadership focused webinars, career-related resources including access to Ivy Exec, an online career resources web service, to provide additional valuable career and leadership focused webinars, NAWMBA Career Center and Job Fairs connecting employers and job seekers. Membership also includes an invitation to the NAWMBA Annual Conference.  An intensive multi-day conference filled with career developing workshops, inspirational speakers, professional coaching and functional learning tracks.

In addition, the Executive MBA Alumni Network hosts an annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon in Birmingham and in Huntsville. The EMBA Women’s Leadership Luncheon focuses on leaders from the private and public sectors who share their business experiences and knowledge, as well as provide a forum for mentoring and networking opportunities with senior business leaders.